Summer Guide 2018: Los Angeles

The City of Angels has a packed summer programme this year, with everything from world-class art and candy spectaculars, to opera, theatre, and music on offer. Soak up the sunshine and don’t miss a minute of the fun with our guide to the best summer events in Los Angeles.

Until 29th July

David Hockney: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-Life

As part of its global tour, the 82 Portraits exhibition is taking up residency at LACMA over the summer to showcase a series of portraits painted by the renowned British artist in his LA studio. All depicting people with whom Hockney has had a relationship—from collectors to art world alums, including Larry Gagosian, Jacob Rothschild, and a few faces from LACMA itself—the portraits offer an intimate glimpse into the life of this revered artist.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Until 3rd September

Butterfly Pavilion

Visitors can walk in amongst hundreds of free-flying live butterflies at the special seasonal pavilion at the Natural History Museum. Filled with plants and flooded with natural light, this immersive experience showcases the butterflies, while expert guides teach visitors more about them. With different species hatching at different times, each visit over the summer promises to be unique.

 Natural History Museum
900 W Exposition Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Until 4th July


A veritable sugar spectacular, Candytopia is a four-month-long immersive installation extolling all things candy, where imaginations soar. Brought to life by real-life candy queen Jackie Sorkin with fabricator Zac Hartog and retailer John Goodman, Candytopia features over a dozen environments, from marshmallow rooms to ones with flying unicorn pigs, that are filled with wild and wonderful confectionery fun.

Santa Monica Place Mall
395 Broadway #142, Santa Monica, CA 90401

1st – 3rd June

Beverly Hills Food & Wine Festival

The annual Food & Wine Festival returns to Beverly Hills this June with a roster of 60 chefs and restaurants serving up dishes and delicacies throughout its three-day run. While there are food events aplenty in LA, this one is certainly among the more decadent, with everything from François Payard’s patisserie to Vietnamese cuisine from The District By Hannah An on offer.

11301 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90064

3rd June – 2nd September


A tale of rage and betrayal, corruption and sacrifice, Rigoletto is one of Verdi’s best-known operas. It tells the story of the court jester, Rigoletto, and his beautiful daughter, Gilda, who catches the eye of the Duke and the attentions of the Duke’s debauched court. This production, staged by Mark Lamos with period costumes, stars Juan Jésus Rodríguez and Ambrogio Maestri sharing the titular role.

LA Opera, The Music Centre
135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012

3rd June – 2nd September

Made in LA 2018

Organised to shine a light on artists from LA and the surrounding areas, Made in LA comes around biennially. The fourth edition, taking place this summer at the Hammer Museum, will showcase works by 32 artists, including Carmen Argote, Aaron Fowler, and Suné Woods, among others, across a wide range of mediums, from video installations to sculpture, performance to textiles.

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024

Until 3rd September

Pixar Fest

This summer, Disneyland Resort is celebrating all things Pixar with a special park-wide event. There will be nighttime pyrotechnical spectaculars, musical performances, and a short film festival with screenings of some of the best-loved animations. Meanwhile, the Toy Story gang and the legendary hopping Pixar lamp will be among the many Pixar stars taking part in the all-dancing, gravity-defying parades.

Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, CA 92802

19th June – 29th July

The Humans

A compassionately observed tale of anxiety in the modern age, Stephen Karam’s The Humans takes place over the course of one family’s Thanksgiving Day dinner. Dubbed a modern American classic, The Humans was awarded the 2016 Tony Award® for Best Play. This production, which runs over June and July, is directed by renowned Broadway director, Joe Mantello.

Ahmanson Theatre
135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

5th July

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

An unmissable experience for fans of J. K. Rowling’s epic Harry Potter saga, the Hollywood Bowl is screening the fourth film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in July. What sets this screening apart, in addition to being enjoyed under the stars in one of LA’s most iconic landmarks, is the live accompaniment from the LA Phil, who will be performing Patrick Doyle’s score live-to-picture.

Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90068

20th – 29th July

Beverly Hills International Music Festival

The 15th edition of the Beverly Hills International Music Festival is taking place this July, featuring both emerging talent and established artists in the arena of chamber music. With public performances —including the much-anticipated summer concert series taking place at the Temple Emanuel and Greystone Mansion—and opportunities for up-and-coming musicians to learn and participate, this is a pioneering experience as much as a musical one.

Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills (8844 Burton Way, CA 90211) and
Greystone Mansion (905 Loma Vista Drive, CA 90210)